Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park: Day Two
On day two of the festival, 65,000 people came to Hyde Park to see critically acclaimed rapper Kendrick Lamar, the dreamy Florence + The Machine and other superb acts.
Florence + The Machine’s high energy performance kept the crowd absolutely and completely captivated. Illuminated by the last rays of sunshine, Florence’s set was a mixture of songs from her hugely successful three albums and she actively encouraging the crowd to “raise each other up” during “Rabbit Heart” and some of her other cult classics. Before she launched into the emotive “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”, Florence asked fans to put their phones away so she could see their faces, and later emerged with a Gay Pride flag because “the world needs our love”.
Kendrick Lamar returned to the UK for the first time in two years for his electric performance ahead of Florence + The Machine. The creator of the masterpiece “To Pimp A Butterfly” drove the crowd wild with his powerful lyrics and incredible live band. The rapper played hits including “If Walls Could Talk” and “Poetic Justice”, and saw Jamie XX, Daisy Lowe, Nick Grimshaw and Ella Eyre all join the masses to chant along.
Blood Orange’s smooth electronica-R&B combo opened the music for the day on the Great Oak Stage, followed shortly by Cat Power who delivered a stunning set. Jamie XX’s bass had all the garage heads bouncing, undeterred when the deluge of rain struck! Florence was spotted cheering on her supports and dancing in the crowd with family and friends during Blood Orange and Jamie XX, going wild when Jamie played The XX’s version of her remake of “You’ve Got The Love”.
Over on the Summer Stage headliner Gwilym Gold showcased his hypnotic beats and vocals, while the cassette collection from Awesome Tapes From Africa on Casa Bacardi perfectly soundtracked the summery afternoon. Polica graced both Barclaycard and the Playstation stages during the day to great reception, and Kamasi Washington’s jazzy headline set on the Barclaycard Stage had crowds grooving.
Earlier in the day at the Great Oak Stage, Florence fans had been treated to a screening of The Odyssey – her recent debut film made in collaboration with Vincent Haycock. Other daytime activities included a spectacular Notting Hill Carnival procession through the arena, while food vendors The Marshmallowist and Waffle On were on hand to provide the sugary snacks.
Celebrities in attendance for this star-studded day included Alexa Chung, Niall Horan, Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe, Nick Grimshaw, Ella Eyre, Gary Kemp, Clara Amfo, Nicola Roberts, Henry Holland and Rafferty Law.